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‘Anagamania’ -10- 穴窯築き : About Anagama Design

Designing Anagama is quite tricky as all wood-firers have different ideals of their kilns. It all depends on what kind of pottery a potter would like to make in the end. If you would want good wood-firings quickly and economically, … Continue reading

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Shell Wadding and Echizen Potter Kumano Kurouemon

I received a couple of emails from Mark Titchner last month. (Gas) Dear Gas, I was interested to read your comments about the use of shells as wadding for pots and I tend to agree with you. I would be … Continue reading

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PYRANHA-GAMA [Emails from Trevor Youngberg]

While I was hibernating in January, Trevor Youngberg has been very active on the other-side of the Atlantic Ocean. He seemed to have his successful firing and sent me a couple of emails and some nice images [Gas] Hello Gas, … Continue reading

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‘Anagamania’ -2- 穴窯築き : Idea of Mediæval Anagama 中世穴窯のアイデア

I received a couple of e-mails from Chris Drobnock in Pennsylvania, USA. He is a keen young potter with a passion for wood-firing. He made very good points about my kind of Anagama. So I decided to show his emails … Continue reading

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‘Anagamania’ -1- 穴窯築き : Anagama Project 2011

I will return and resume my latest Anagama building in the wood near Tring (Hertfordshire U.K.) as soon as I feel spring in the air. And now I have a good Trans-Atlantic companion. Trevor Youngberg who works in Woodbridge (Connecticut … Continue reading

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Wood-firing; Fantasy and Reality

It seems that studio potters worldwide have fantastic dreams about wood-fired pottery. I was born and grew up in Japan, and moved to the UK over 20 years ago. I am also one of dreamers that believes in wood-fring with … Continue reading

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Wood-firing (kamataki) with Svend

One of my potter friends, Svend Bayer is regarded as the best wood-fire potter in the U.K. and his fame is worldwide.  I went to help at his latest 4-day firing in Devon last week.  It was a great pleasure to work with him … Continue reading

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